Durmot Mulroney, Gretchen Mol, and two-time Oscar nominee Emily Watson star in director Mick Jackson's feature adaptation of author Kim Edwards' New York Times best-seller concerning a physician whose painful decision to abandon one of his newborn twins has further reaching repercussions than he ever imagined. Dr. David Henry (Mulroney) and his wife Nora (Mol) have just given birth to a newborn set of twins when the husband makes the heartbreaking discovery that one of the children has Down syndrome. Completely unprepared with how to handle the situation, Dr. Henry ultimately decides to send the chromosomally damaged child away. Little does the doctor realize that the attending nurse has overheard his plan. Before the child can be sent away, the nurse intervenes - setting into motion a tragic sequence of events that will haunt the entire family for the following two decades. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
I'm not sure what disappointed so many about this movie. They're forgetting the times were the '60's, when girls were sent away to unwed mother's homes and when families were shamed by preggo daughters or "mongoloid" or "water brain" or "hair-lipped" children. Times are 180-degrees different now - better in some ways, worse in others. Too many of this film's watchers are disoriented to a different time in the United States of America. When properly oriented, this is a very compelling drama. Drama, not action flick nor soap opera. The heroic actions of the nurse presage the era in which we now live.
The acting performed in this filmed can be easily compared to the equivalent to a highschool performance. Mulroney uses the same patheric display for all emotions (check his "performance" in "My Best Friend's Wedding"....eerily familiar) and Mol breezes through, disappointedly, as cheerfuly dettached as if she were in another film altogether; that was the biggest disappointment. Mol is a seasoned actor and I expected much much more from her, yet she only delivered one good scene. The best performance was performed by Emily Watson though I cringed when she had to share a scene with Mulroney.
I told my husband about this movie because I knew he would like it just as much as I did the first time I saw it. When we got it, I watched him watch it more than I watched the movie. I knew it would pull at his heart strings. We both love this movie and actually watched it again on Lifetime last night!